Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights

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Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights

Postby trekriffic » Wed Dec 06, 2017 11:20 pm

kobayashimaru wrote:score!
that must take some surgeon-grade steady hands for those details,
geez, look at that :D
outstanding attention to detail.


Thanks koby. Yeah, I have to make sure to avoid coffee and swig a glass or two of wine before I get started so I can keep steady. :lol:
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Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights

Postby trekriffic » Wed Dec 06, 2017 11:40 pm

Here we go... on to the passenger comm stations....

I used styrene sheet and round tubing to scratch build the passenger communication stations. The discs are slightly oversized which was fine since I planned to sand them down to match the circumference of the little shrouds:

ImageMaking the Comm Stations by trekriffic, on Flickr

All finished...

I used black and reddish-orange enamels to brush paint these tiny comm stations. The white buttons were dotted onto some leftover clear decal material using a pointed toothpick. Once the paint dried the decals were sealed with Future before being soaked in warm water and floated into place on the consoles:

ImageFinished Comm Stations by trekriffic, on Flickr

To the right in the above photo you can see the throttle joysticks for the pilot and copilot. These are made from brass rod and a teeny, tiny brick of polystrene. The brass rod is bent at an L angle and brushed with black Tulip fabric paint so they look more like handles.

The comm sttaions after gluing in place with epoxy. Overall I'm pretty happy with how these turned out. Funny, they remind me of ladybugs, the size is about right:

ImagePassenger Chairs and Comm Stations by trekriffic, on Flickr

Mods to cokpit forward wall sections..,

The top of each forward cockpit side wall had to be ground down to allow the upper hull to mate up with the window frame and bow side grills:

ImageMods to Cockpit Forward Walls by trekriffic, on Flickr

Cockpit walls installed...

The aft angled walls still need their control panel decals. The brown triangular recessed panels would eventually get painted over with white enamel. I mistakenly went with rust brown at first based on the Lunar Models instruction sheet but in viewing the pilot episode again there was a certain shot where you could just barely see the side panels in the bow and they were either white or a very light gray, certainly not brown:

ImageCockpit Walls installed by trekriffic, on Flickr

Monitor and control console decals have been trimmed and placed on the sidewalls. The main dashboard shelf is also given a test fit:

ImageCockpit Control Panel Decals by trekriffic, on Flickr

Next we have the mysterious object at the rear of the passenger cabin. Is it an air conditioning unit or a storage chest/cabinet?

ImageAft Passenger Cabin Wall “Cabinet” by trekriffic, on Flickr

ImageStowage Chest Positioned in Center of Rear Wall by trekriffic, on Flickr

I’ve seen the Lunar Models instruction sheet describe this as an air-conditioning unit but when watching the LOTG pilot I could definitely see wood grain panels on the front of whatever this box is. The panels do not appear to have any visible knobs so my thinking is this is a storage chest with a hinged upper lid, handy for stowing blankets and pillows or even carry on luggage.

Last thing for now... curtain and homemade decal...

This curtain hangs across the closet at the end the corridor between the cockpit and passenger cabin. The curtain has a leopard skin pattern (Irwin Allen seemed to like leopard skin patterns) which I am simulating using clear decal film with a painted on pattern:

ImageCurtain and Homemade Decal by trekriffic, on Flickr


More to come... stay tuned...
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Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights

Postby trekriffic » Mon Dec 11, 2017 10:32 pm

OK. Time for another update...

Not sure what this monitor is useful for but it flashes with a red glow while the engine is operating:

Imagelotlg2 by trekriffic, on Flickr

I used strip styrene to make my own replica for installation between the forward window ports:

ImageMain Pilot Engine Monitor by trekriffic, on Flickr

The monitor sits at an angle with a horizontal saddle connecting it to the bow window frames:

ImageAnother View of the Forward Engine Monitor by trekriffic, on Flickr

Not bad. A reasonable facsimile if I do say so myself. I measured carefully to make sure the saddle would slide in underneath the lower rim of the clear bow window insert once installed:

ImageScratched Forward Engine Monitor by trekriffic, on Flickr

Test Fit:

ImageEngine Monitor Test Fit by trekriffic, on Flickr

Black and red enamels were used to paint the screen of the engine monitor. The housing itself was sprayed with Tamiya Bare Metal Silver over Tamiya Matte Black lacquer:

ImageEngine Monitor Painted by trekriffic, on Flickr

View of the passenger compartment from aft:

ImageView of the Passenger Compartment from Aft by trekriffic, on Flickr

I painted the shelves under the windows using a mix of Testors Light Brown and Rust enamels. Since taking this photo I cleaned up the tiny splatter drops on the chairs:

ImageShelves Painted Brown by trekriffic, on Flickr

To correct an error I made painting the side panels brown I repainted them with Testors white enamel:

ImageSidewall Panels Re-Painted White by trekriffic, on Flickr

I scratched this center support girder using Evergreen strip. The support was built in place and turned out pretty well I think:

ImageCenter Window Support by trekriffic, on Flickr

The center window girder was painted Testors aluminum:

ImageCentwer Window Support Painted by trekriffic, on Flickr

Jumping over to the other table for some work on the display base...

The base was primed with white lacquer then painted red-orange. Letters were cut from yellow masking tape and stuck down. I'll seal the tape edges with Future then give her an overspray with ModelMaster flat black:

ImageMasking Tape Lettering on Base by trekriffic, on Flickr
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Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights

Postby MSgtUSAFRet » Wed Dec 13, 2017 2:23 pm

Looking Good, Trekriffic!

Loving the detail!

Where do you get your supplies for scratch building stuff? LHS or Amazon?

I'm thinking I should get acquainted with other sources as Hobby Town is more like Ghost Town for modelers.

Keep going! This is looking great!

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Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights

Postby trekriffic » Wed Dec 13, 2017 6:10 pm

MSgtUSAFRet wrote:Looking Good, Trekriffic!

Loving the detail!

Where do you get your supplies for scratch building stuff? LHS or Amazon?

I'm thinking I should get acquainted with other sources as Hobby Town is more like Ghost Town for modelers.

Keep going! This is looking great!

Steve


I used to get my styrene strips, rod, tubing, and sheet from my local HobbyTown USA. They had three large freestanding rotating display rack of Plastruct and Evergreen products. Then they closed which left me with Hobbies Unlimited up in San Leandro which is about 25 miles north of me here in Fremont, CA. They have a countertop display box with sheet styrene and two others with metal and plastic tubing and rod. Not as big a selection as HobbyTown had but for my needs it usually does the trick. Al, the owner, is a great guy and I've been going to his store for about 45 years. I dread the day he decides to hang it up.
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